Comfort Hotel Galaxie - Nice St Laurent Du Var
39, Avenue du Marechal Juin
Saint Laurent Du Var, 06700
Phone: (33) 4 93077372
Fax: (33) 4 93143214
Arts & Museums
Musée des Arts Asiatiques displays the sheer beauty and diversity of Asian art and culture with pieces from various regions across the continent. The collection of traditional costumes is simply outstanding. Situated close to Phoenix Park, this museum opened in 1998 and is one of the most beautiful and well-designed in the city. The architect, Kenzo Tange, has constructed a masterpiece in white marble, resting on round and square bases which symbolize the sky and the earth. The museum stretches out towards a small artificial lake where swans and ducks swim.
The house in which Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste Renoir lived with his wife and three sons has been made into a museum. Renoir, apparently lived in this house till his death in 1919. His paintings, portraits and sculptures are now a part of the museum collection. Complemented by furniture and everyday objects belonging to the artist and surrounded by olive trees, the museum forms a lasting tribute to his creative genius. This place is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Cannes.
This museum helps one understand the evolution of naïve art and features works by artists of many nationalities from the 18th century up to the present day. Created in 1982, the museum holds more than 600 canvasses, drawings and sculptures that were donated by the Javovsky family, as well as works from the Musée National d'Art Moderne of the Pompidou Centre. The museum is housed within the Château Ste-Hélène (once the home of the perfumer François Coty) and is surrounded by an attractive park. Free parking for visitors.
In the childhood home of Auguste Escoffier is a museum dedicated to the fine art of cooking that Escoffier perfected. A visit to the Fondation et Musée Auguste Escoffier will help you take a peek into the life of Auguste Escoffier, a French chef and a restaurateur. See the website for more details.
Built in 1878, this magnificent private mansion houses a collection of more than 6000 works of art dating from the 17th Century to the 1940s. As well as work by French artists (including sculptures by Carpeaux and Rodin), the museum also boasts a fine collection of remarkably restored Flemish school paintings. Two exhibition spaces are entirely devoted to modern art, featuring Kees Van Dongen, Raoul Dufy and Picasso. Of particular note is symbolist work by Nice artist Gustav Adolf Mossa, who for many years was curator of the museum. Call ahead to know more.
A must-visit while walking down the Promenade des Anglais, the Musee d'Art et d'Histoire Massena is housed in a historic 19th century building, a wonderful example of the architecture of La Belle Epoque. The beautiful landscaped gardens created by Edouard Andre are open to the public and feature several interesting botanical specimens, perfect to stroll around. With over twenty rooms dedicated to the art and history of the city spanning over 200 years, the collection is extensive featuring art work, furniture, decorative items and the collection on Napolean is particularly fascinating. Explore a fruitful and interesting time in the city's history, the Belle Epoque as you tour the Musee d'Art et d'Histoire Massena. Guided tours are available with prior booking. To reserve tickets, please give them a call.
Art deco enthusiasts will feel right at home here, thanks to Alain Braunstein, whose remarkably good taste pervades his collection. Extreme care is taken in preparing the window displays which always depict the kind of apartment you'd love to visit or even move in to! Exceptional pieces come in on a regular basis, for instance from Lalique, making this quite possibly the best art deco collection in Nice.
Come and experience modern art outdoors! Close to the famous Place Masséna and set in the beautiful surroundings of the Albert I Garden, towers Bernard Venet's huge arc. It stands over several tens of meters high and seems almost to touch the sky. Despite its gigantic proportions, the structure has an amazing feeling of lightness about it. This contemporary work of art has had no trouble winning the hearts of the people of Nice and has become a modern symbol of the neighborhood.
Just a stone's throw from the sea, this municipal gallery gives all kinds of French and foreign artists the chance to express themselves through their brilliant art works. In fact, the curator of the five municipal galleries located along the seaside and in the old quarter chooses which artist or event to present from the numerous propositions received. All kinds of artwork are exhibited, but preference is given to contemporary art. Each exhibition lasts from one to three months. The admission to this gallery is free.
Art lovers who find themselves on the French Riviera should make sure they pay the Maeght Foundation a visit. The buildings alone are a delight to behold, with a bright, airy spaciousness that is balanced and restful, incorporating terraces, gentle slopes, stonework and terracotta paving, amidst lush Mediterranean vegetation. This is the ideal temple in which to glorify 20th century art. On display are original and prestigious works of art including Giacometti bronzes and sculptures and paintings by Joan Miro, Calder and Marcel Duchamp. Several temporary exhibitions are held each year. Always impeccably organized, the themes are wisely chosen and the works on show are often either extremely well known or rarely exhibited pieces, on loan from magnificent private collections.
Jean-Louis Martinetti, one of the city's finest photographers, is given pride of place in this small gallery tucked away in the old town. Works on display include simple photographs of Nice and its surroundings as well as some unconventional shots like the seafront in stormy weather or cats captured unaware in a cul-de-sac. Photographs on display are changed regularly and the gallery offers some great gift ideas in the form of framed colour posters and diaries. Film developing service available.
Musée d'Histoire Locale is a local museum that is dedicated to the history of Saint-Paul, which is a picturesque French commune. It an ideal option for all those who like to explore places that take you back to the olden ages. Objects, costumes and even wax figures on display here give you an insight into the life of locals during the Medieval period. Musée Grévin of Paris known for its waxworks has assisted the Musée d'Histoire Locale in further enhancing and enriching their collection. For more details, check website.